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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Scotland
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Ok, all in good fun of course, what misconceptions have your friends and family had about your Fiance, whether you are the person immigrating or the USC?

My former boss, is a very bright woman, however she is a little lacking in her knowledge of foreign countries. She has asked me questions such as these in regards to Rob:

Do they still use horses and carriages over there?

Can he count?

:blink:

I had to look at her and say just like this "I MET him ONLINE. Why would you think they still use horses and buggies? This is NOT the Highlander Movie."

P.S. Proof read non-editable titles for the win...

Edited by Rob and Jill

"You don't marry someone you can live with, you marry the person you can't live without."

Mailed K-1 on 2-6-10

USCIS received packet on 2-8-10

NOA 1: Received 2-16-10

NOA 2: Approved 4-29-10 (72 Days)

NVC Forwarded Petition to London- 5-6-10

NVC Letter Received: 5-7-1010

London Received Packet: 5-14-10

London Mailed Packet to Rob: 5-18-10

Packet 3 Received by Rob: 5-22-2010

Packet 3 paperwork mailed to Rob 6-12-10

Medical- July 8, 2010

Everything mailed to Embassy 7-19-10

Interview Date: 9-14-10- Approved pending non-machine washed replacement passport.

Entry to US- 10-6-10 POE- Newark

Wedding- 10-23-10

AOS

Mailed AOS paperwork to the Chicago lockbox 1-7-11

Delivery Notification 1-10-11

Text stating application was received 1-20-11

Check Cashed 1-21-11

NOA 1 received 1-22-11

Biometrics letter received 1-29--11

Biometrics appointment 2-24-11

Received notice- I-485 has been transferred to the California Service Center 2-9-11.

3-11-11 - EAD production ordered

3-19-11- EAD Received

3-31-2011- AOS approved without interview

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England
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Main question I was asked in the beginning was "Does he have bad teeth?" or "Does he smell?"

A lot of his friends thought I was Amish, being as that's all they knew about Pennsylvania. Worst part about it was, He met a Women from Florida in a Pub before we met in person and told her about coming and meeting me and even the American Women thought I was Amish. As you said Jill, We met online as well, and the Amish don't have power let alone the internet.


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Rugby, England >> Harrisburg, PA.

Summer 2005 -- Met on Pokerstars.com

June 15th, 2006 -- Met in Person

Feb 1st, 2008 -- Filed I-129F

May 2nd, 2008 -- Visa Interview = Approved. (91days)

May 27th, 2008 -- Damian moves to America!

July 23rd - 30th, 2008 -- Damian's Mum Comes to the US for our wedding.

July 25th, 2008 -- Wedding Day!

March 16th, 2009 -- AOS Sent

May 8th, 2009 -- EAD & AP Approved (51days)

July 14th, 2009 -- AOS Approved!! (118days)

July 21st, 2009 -- Green Card Received (125days)

No RFEs the whole process :) All done myself.

December 4th - 30th, 2009 -- Visited England

April 8th - 30th, 2010 -- Damian's Brother visits us here in PA.

January 19th, 2010 -- Damian got his PA license.

December 10th - 19th, 2010 -- Visited England

September 16th - 30th, 2011 -- Damian's Parents came to visit us here in PA.

June 1st, 2011 -- Mailed ROC to Vermont.

February 21st, 2012 -- 10 Year Green Card Received

April 14th, 2012 -- N-400 Sent to Dallas Lockbox

November 26th, 2012 – Damian Became a US Citizen!!!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Scotland
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Women thought I was Amish. As you said Jill, We met online as well, and the Amish don't have power let alone the internet.

AHAHAHAHAHA That is absolutely hilarious! Amish is not what I think of at all when I think of PA.


"You don't marry someone you can live with, you marry the person you can't live without."

Mailed K-1 on 2-6-10

USCIS received packet on 2-8-10

NOA 1: Received 2-16-10

NOA 2: Approved 4-29-10 (72 Days)

NVC Forwarded Petition to London- 5-6-10

NVC Letter Received: 5-7-1010

London Received Packet: 5-14-10

London Mailed Packet to Rob: 5-18-10

Packet 3 Received by Rob: 5-22-2010

Packet 3 paperwork mailed to Rob 6-12-10

Medical- July 8, 2010

Everything mailed to Embassy 7-19-10

Interview Date: 9-14-10- Approved pending non-machine washed replacement passport.

Entry to US- 10-6-10 POE- Newark

Wedding- 10-23-10

AOS

Mailed AOS paperwork to the Chicago lockbox 1-7-11

Delivery Notification 1-10-11

Text stating application was received 1-20-11

Check Cashed 1-21-11

NOA 1 received 1-22-11

Biometrics letter received 1-29--11

Biometrics appointment 2-24-11

Received notice- I-485 has been transferred to the California Service Center 2-9-11.

3-11-11 - EAD production ordered

3-19-11- EAD Received

3-31-2011- AOS approved without interview

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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I know this is a UK thread but these made me laugh.

Friend of mine from Oz was in Oklahoma and was asked "are the babies born with Aussie accents?" and "when American shows are on are there subtitles?"

I personally find that funny. Of course I've been asked the standard: "Do you ride Kangaroos?" but this makes me laugh too: http://humour.200ok.com.au/aussie_tourism.html

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People always ask me if he speaks english blink.gif


October 31, 2016 I-130 sent to Chicago Lockbox

November 4, 2016 Received text case sent to Nebraska

November 10, 2016 Received Hard copy of NOA1

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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People always ask me two things:

"Does she have an English accent?"

"Will she become a citizen when you're married?"

My answers:

"No, she lives in a tiny part of England where they all speak with American accents."

"No, she will not become a citizen right after we get married." Then they learn everything they didn't really want to ever know about immigration.


RoC Timeline

08/20/2012: Sent I-751 to California Service Center

Our Immigration Checklist

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People always ask me two things:

"Does she have an English accent?"

"Will she become a citizen when you're married?"

I frequently get asked the same questions, but I think when most people ask me about the accent, I think they mean "Does he have a cute/sexy accent?" Well, I hope that's what they mean :hehe:


Our naturalization timeline
1/12/2015 - Application sent to Phoenix service center by USPS priority mail

1/14/2015 - Package received in Phoenix

1/16/2015 - NOA date (hard copy received 1/22)

1/20/2015 - Check cashed

2/09/2015 - Biometrics

2/11/2015 - In line for interview

3/28/2015 - Hard copy interview notice received

4/29/2015 - Interview at Chicago field office - Approved!!!

5/22/2015 - Oath ceremony - Now a US citizen!!!!!!

Thank you, VisaJourney!!!!!


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The misconception the British family has about Texas is that it's all sand, rocks, and cactus. I have to keep explaining that in our part of the state, we have lush grassy lawns and giant 200-year-old oak trees. Now that we've moved north about 75 miles, we're plopped in a pine forest area. But it's a pretty big state and varies depending where your are, but cactus/desert is more of an Arizona thing. Maybe there's cactus way out west in that pointy stick out bit. I dunno.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Maybe there's cactus way out west in that pointy stick out bit. I dunno.

Yeah, pretty much in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. If you've seen No Country for Old Men, you'll know what I'm talking about.


RoC Timeline

08/20/2012: Sent I-751 to California Service Center

Our Immigration Checklist

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My personal favorite.......and most embarrassing after explanation.....

When I visited over there, I slipped and fell on my back side...my fanny... as we call it down south .....Lets just say those of you from the U.K. know exactly why every one started laughing hysterically when I said I fell and busted my fanny.


You can stand me at the gates of hell, but I wont back down.
AOS Filed 02/01 however used wrong forms
refiled 2/22
NOA 3/1
BIO 3/18
Transfer 3/14
Touched 3/18
AP Approved 4/14(WASN'T UPDATED ON SIGHT OR TEXED TILL 4/18)
EAD Approved 4/14(WASN'T UPDATED ON SIGHT OR TEXED TILL 4/18)
GREEN CARD APPROVED WITH NO
INTERVIEW AND NO HAVING
TO TRANSCRIBE HIS SHOT RECORDS! 4/18!(WASN'T NOTIFIED TILL 4/19)

Applied for lifting of conditions 02/27/2013
NOA1 March 4
BIO April 2

RFE received 07/25

Returned RFE recieved 08/19

NOW WAITING WITH BAITED BREATH

APPROVED 9/9/2013

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I swear that the east coast has never heard of Washington state (i.e. Seattle...home of Starbucks). I am a Seattle/Tacoma native who moved to D.C. after graduation from college and I always have to qualify what I'm talking about. When my family lived in Georgia when I was in middle school, had to do the same darn thing too.

west coast, best coast! :luv: is what I tell them after explaining that yes, there is another state above California and Oregon.


Naturalization

9/9: Mailed N-400 package off

9/11: Arrived at Dallas, TX

9/17: NOA

9/19: Check cashed

9/23: Received NOA

10/7: Text from USCIS on status update: Biometrics in the mail

10/9: Received Biometrics letter

10/29: Biometrics

10/31: In-line

2/16: Text from USCIS that Baltimore has scheduled an interview...finally!!

2/24: Interview letter received

3/24: Naturalization interview

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Netherlands
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Funny how most people I know (I am the USC) think only two things of Holland ....that the only city there is Amsterdam, and that Holland and Denmark are basically the same place. They think Dutch and Danish are the same language. It's pretty funny, cuz I had the same misconceptions until I met my Dutchman. LOL.

Ok...there ARE some commonalities, windmills and wooden shoes...but that's pretty much it. It is NOT the same place and there are MANY more cities, and some far more interesting places to see in Holland than Amsterdam.

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Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Amsterdam

02-27-09: I-129F Sent

03-10-09: I-129F NOA1

06-10-09: I-129F NOA2

06-17-09: Rec'vd by NVC

06-18-09: STUCK IN NVC AP

06-25-09: FINALLY petition on it's way to the embassy

06-29-09: DHL delivered our packet to the embassy in Amsterdam

07-01-09: Rec'd Packet 3!!!!

08-01-09: Rec'd Packet 4

08-25-09: Interview date...APPROVED!!!!

12/12/09: Fiancee arrival date WOOOT!

02/20/10: Married and SOOOO happy!

04/20/10: Sent off AOS (finally!)

05/03/10: Rec'd AOS NOA1

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Nik periodically comments about all the guns we have around here. Despite being in a very "western" state, someone walking around the city with a gun (who is not police) is frequently noticed/stared at/commented upon. Of course, outside of the city it's a bit more common what with hunting sports etc, but then again, farmers in the UK can have guns too, I thought...

I can't wait for him to get out there and meet some more types of people. For example, I have a vocal, card carrying, poster hanging NRA member in my office area, who offers a different perspective on things.

I'm lucky to interact on a daily basis with people who are fairly well traveled. My parents have been all over the world (for work) and the people who I interact most with at work are also globe trotters, so I didn't get any questions to post on here.

The worst I've gotten was reactions to having met online. For many it seems to be difficult to get over that part even after I tell them about his months long visit here etc.


K-1:

January 28, 2009: NOA1

June 4, 2009: Interview - APPROVED!!!

October 11, 2009: Wedding

AOS:

December 23, 2009: NOA1!

January 22, 2010: Bogus RFE corrected through congressional inquiry "EAD waiting on biometrics only" Read about it here.

March 15, 2010: AOS interview - RFE for I-693 vaccination supplement - CS signed part 6!

March 27, 2010: Green Card recieved

ROC:

March 1, 2012: Mailed ROC package

March 7, 2012: Tracking says "notice left"...after a phone call to post office.

More detailed time line in profile.

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ugh, guns. There's a good reason to move to the UK :whistle:

Having said that, one of my good friends is married to a guy that has a concealed weapons license, which I'm okay-ish about. It makes me uncomfortable, but he's a nice guy. Up to me, I would only allow police to own guns...


Naturalization

9/9: Mailed N-400 package off

9/11: Arrived at Dallas, TX

9/17: NOA

9/19: Check cashed

9/23: Received NOA

10/7: Text from USCIS on status update: Biometrics in the mail

10/9: Received Biometrics letter

10/29: Biometrics

10/31: In-line

2/16: Text from USCIS that Baltimore has scheduled an interview...finally!!

2/24: Interview letter received

3/24: Naturalization interview

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Am taking Bryan to Atlanta this weekend. He is about to be introduced to the south. His family, while talking on Skype is under the impression that they all live like the Beverly Hillbillies down home, critter stew and all that. Yes the culture is different but not so much that Jed Clampet is the norm.


You can stand me at the gates of hell, but I wont back down.
AOS Filed 02/01 however used wrong forms
refiled 2/22
NOA 3/1
BIO 3/18
Transfer 3/14
Touched 3/18
AP Approved 4/14(WASN'T UPDATED ON SIGHT OR TEXED TILL 4/18)
EAD Approved 4/14(WASN'T UPDATED ON SIGHT OR TEXED TILL 4/18)
GREEN CARD APPROVED WITH NO
INTERVIEW AND NO HAVING
TO TRANSCRIBE HIS SHOT RECORDS! 4/18!(WASN'T NOTIFIED TILL 4/19)

Applied for lifting of conditions 02/27/2013
NOA1 March 4
BIO April 2

RFE received 07/25

Returned RFE recieved 08/19

NOW WAITING WITH BAITED BREATH

APPROVED 9/9/2013

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